Wednesday, February 22, 2012

"An Amish Family Reunion" by Mary Ellis: Book Review

Author, Mary Ellis, has written another in the Amish Miller family series.  In "An Amish Family Reunion," the matriarch of the Miller Family, Julia, misses her family that has scattered and which she rarely sees.  So she decides to call for a month long family reunion.

In the family is shy Phoebe, Julia's niece, who doesn't like to cook, clean, laundry or be a typically Amish female.  She is an artist and loves to use her God-given talent to draw.  Phoebe meets Eli Riehl, who lives on a nearby farm and is also Amish.  Eli is also shy and also not typically Amish because he is very talented with words and has an incredible talent to spin tales.  So the author and the artist meet, and the outcome is a dream of writing and illustrating a children's book.

The story line develops with varying emotional and physical twists and turns for the entire extended Miller family. Conflicts and resolution, frustrations and dreams shared, disappointments and anger.

Ms.  Ellis has again written an engaging story of life amongst the Amish and their gentle yet hard-working lives.  She brings us descriptions of their very human traits such as desire, anger, frustration, and fear showing us that though different from what they call the Englisher world by choice they are very much alike their counter parts in the Englisher world.

ISBN 978-0-7369-4487-8

I was given a copy of "An Amish Family Reunion" by author, Mary Ellis.  I have provided a non-solicited honest review of this book.

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